Home | E-mail | Plant files | Mail Sale Catalogue | Links | Information | Search

All the information and photos in cactus art files are now available also in the new the Enciclopedia of Cacti. We hope you find this new site informative and useful.

  Notocactus sellowii
(Syn: Wigginsia sellowii )

Cultivation and Mail Sale
of Cacti and Succulents.

This species is quite variable, and now includes many forms (previously considered independent species) 

Description: Usually solitary.
Stem: Bright or dark green, globose to short cylindrical, up to 20 cm tall, 15 cm in diameter. The apex is depressed and filled with whitish-grey wool.
Ribs: About 12 to 22, at maturity well marked and sharp, with scarcely prominent chinned tubercles. The crest of the ribs typically turns a purple red colour in full sun.
Areoles: Well spaced, woolly, recessed, 15-20 mm in diameter.
Radial spines: 4 to 10 (-12), yellowish, sturdy, about 20 mm long, curved down or backward.
Central spines: 0 or 1, slightly heavier but not very different from the the radials.
Flowers: Lemon yellow with glossy petals (sometime shaded with pink), up to about 4-5 cm in diameter, and standing near the top, decorated with about 8 to 10 red pistil lobes which emphasize the yellow of the petals. The buds are tomentose.
Blooming season: They bloom annually around July.
Fruits: Fleshy reddish to purple, about 10 mm long.
Seeds: 1 mm, long, black.

NOTE: When the plants become older they look quite different from the juvenile forms, and this is evident when we can observe a seedling growing next to an older plant - the younger plant is smoother and the older plants have ribs and tubercles - one would almost think they were different species.


Cultivation: It is easy to grow. They like a warm, bright location, and do great in partial shade (avoid full sun).  They need good drainage, and prefer a neutral to slightly acidic compost with plenty of extra grit.  Water and feed during the summer.  Best if watered with rain water.  Keep above 0°C and rather dry in winter.  It rots easily if the substrate is wet and cold, and tends to lose its roots in winter.

Propagation: Seeds

The flowers are lemon yellow with glossy petals, the stigma (purple) with about 8 to 10 red lobes, emphasize the yellow of the petals.

Other synonyms of Parodia sellowii: Echinocactus pauciareolatus, Malacocarpus pauciareolatus, Wigginsia pauciareolata, Wigginsia sessiliflora var. pauciareolata, Notocactus pauciareolatus, Notocactus macrogonus, Malacocarpus macrogonus, Malacocarpus macrogonus, Wigginsia macrogona, Wigginsia rubricostata, Echinocactus macrogonus, Wigginsia sessiliflora, Malacocarpus sellowi var. macrocanthus, Echinocactus sellowii var. macrogonus, Malacocarpus stegmannii, Notocactus sessiliflorus, Wigginsia vorwerkiana, Malacocarpus vorwerkianus, Echinocactus vorwerkianus, Notocactus sessiliflorus var. stegmannii, Echinocactus sessiliflorus, Wigginsia stegmannii, Parodia paucicostata, Malacocarpus sessiliflorus, Notocactus sessiliflorus, Malacocarpus corynodes, Notocactus vorwerkianus, Notocactus rubricostatus, Notocactus stegmannii,  Notocactus erinaceus, Wigginsia macrocantha, Echinocactus acuatus var. corynodes, Echinocactus corynodes, Notocactus corynodes, Echinocactus courantii, Echinocactus acuatus var. sellowii, Notocactus courantii,   Notocactus acuatus var. corynodes, Echinocactus sellowii var. typicus, Wigginsia leucocarpa, Echinocactus sellowii var. macracanthus, Malacocarpus macracanthus, Notocactus sellowii, Notocactus acuatus var. leucocarpus, Wigginsia corynodes, Malacocarpus leucocarpus, Echinocactus sellowii var. courantii, Echinocactus leucocarpus, Wigginsia fricii, Notocactus fricii, Malacocarpus fricii, Echinocactus fricii, Malacocarpus sellowii var. courantii, Wigginsia courantii, Notocactus leucocarpus.

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Parodia sellowii complex (This Taxon has lots of synonyms ( like many other cacti) whit several controversial varieties and subspecies and comprises a multitude of different forms, but where each form is linked to others by populations of plants with intermediate characteristics):

Photo gallery: Alphabetical listing of Cactus and Succulent pictures published in this site.

Photo gallery NOTOCACTUS



Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES Appendix II

Notocacts sellowii (Link et Otto) Theunissen
Published in: Succulenta 60 (6):140-142, 1981.

Scientific name: Parodia sellowii (Link & Otto) D.R. Hunt1997

Origin:   Is native to southern Brazil (Rivera, Lavalleja, Treinta y Tres, Artigas, Cerro Largo, Maldonado), Uruguay and North Argentina grasslands.

Etymology: The plant was named after Friedrich Sellow, a 19th century explorer who collected several south American species of cacti.

  • (Basionyme) Echinocactus sellowii Link & Otto
    Published in: Verh. Ver. Beförd. Gartenb., 3:425, Berlin 1827
  • Malacocarpus sellowii (Link & Otto) Britton & Rose 1922
  • Wigginsia sellowii (Link & Otto) F. Ritter 1979
  • Notocactus tephracanthus (Link & Otto) Krainz 1966
  • Echinocactus tephracanthus
  • Malacocarpus tephracanthus
  • Wigginsia tephracantha

NOTE: All species of genera Notocactus, Wigginsia and Malacocarpus have recently been transferred to genus Parodia, so the names of several plants previously accepted are now all synonyms of Parodia sellowii.
(see list of synonyms on the page bottom)

Photo & © Copyright by Marcelo Garcia (Uruguay)



Photo & © Copyright by Marcelo Garcia (Uruguay)

Home | E-mail | Plant files | Mail Sale Catalogue | Links | Information | Search

All the information and photos in cactus art files are now available also in the new the Enciclopedia of Cacti. We hope you find this new site informative and useful.